Barber wins CPGA Zone with 62

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Chris Barber said it was a good day.

No kidding.

The pro from The Landings in Kingston eagled the last hole at The Talon course at Greyhawk yesterday to shoot 62 and win the Ottawa Zone CPGA championship by one stroke over Luke Saunders of Rivermead.

Barber trailed by two going into yesterday's play after an opening 66 while Saunders and Marc Foucault opened with 64s.

"You had to really take it deep and I was really lucky I was the deepest," said the 33-year-old.

"I was in the mindset that I had to catch them and there were no scary holes there. I had to do it by making birdies and I was lucky to make one more than Luke did. He didn't make a bogey in 36 holes. That's phenomenal."

With Barber and Saunders tied on the tee of the par-5 18th, Saunders hit a hybrid from 210 yards for his second shot to seven feet.

Barber hit a 7-iron from 170 to three feet. Saunders missed, shooting 65 for the day, and Barber made his putt for the win.

Barber made up ground on the day by going 9-under for a 10-hole stretch yesterday. He birdied the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes, parred the eighth and then birdied nine, 10, 11 and 12.

He bogeyed the 15th after hitting a bunker.

He only potted one bomb, a 40-footer on the fourth hole.

"It was all about controlling the speed on the greens," he said. "That's something I've been trying to work on."


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